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soon to be house minority leader nancy pelosi said the message was to focus on jobs and the deficit. not quite the same thing, since her solution to the debt includes tax increases that republicans onoppose. in the short-term there was widespread agreement. >> the two most important things to do, obviously, decide how we're going to fund the government the next ten months and decide the tax issue. >> reporter: president obama pushed republicans to allow congress to vote separately for tax cuts on the wealthy and for those for everyone else. republicans rejected the idea. >> we're looking forward to the conversation with the white house over extending all the current rates and i remain optimistic. >> reporter: the president designated treasury secretary tim geithner and jack lew to start negotiating immediately with a bipartisan group of four members of congress. left unresolved are other priorities of the white house and democrats. >> the president thinks that funding the government,
unemployment insurance extensions, don't ask, don't tell repeal, tax cuts and s.t.a.r.t. all can be done in the next 18 days. >> yes. >> reporter: at least one senate democrat seems skeptical. an open microphone caught colorado's michael bennet griping the system is broken. >> it's all rigged. the whole conversation's rigged. the conversation, the fact that we don't get a discussion before the break about what we're going to do in the lame duck is just rigged. this stuff's rigged. >> reporter: president obama told republicans at the meeting that he should have reached out more to them over the previous two years. republicans who have opposed the president's domestic agenda lockstep offered no such mea culpa. congress, though, has already missed one deadline to act. they allowed benefits for the long-term unemployed to expire at midnight. the labor department estimates that 635,000 people will lose all benefits by the 11th of this month. another 1.6 million will lose
benefits by christmas. nearly 2 million by the first of the year. that will rise to more than 3 million by the end of january. and the ripple effect, some say, will be devastating. >> people who are unemployed and receive benefits spend that money in their communities immediately. they buy groceries. they put gas in their car. they fill prescriptions. so for this money to disappear from the economy, it could mean as many as 900,000 jobs lost next year. >> there is some chance lawmakers could still work out an agreement but that could take weeks. in the meantime, 2 million unemployed people face an even grimmer holiday season. well, there is even more legal wrangling following michael jackson's death. the late singer's father has refiled a wrongful death security against dr. conrad murray. the original case had been filed in federal court but a judge in los angeles refused to hear it, saying it should be handled in state court. it is a much calmer day in the south following a severe weather outbreak that spawned up to a dozen tornados.
one of those twisters is being blamed for damaging at least ten homes near atlanta. it touched down yesterday afternoon, toppling trees and blowing out walls and siding in a subdivision. no one was injured there but 15 people were hurt in a storm in mississippi. and a bitter cold snap is still gripping parts of the dakotas. but they get relief today from all that snow and powerful winds, getting around fargo was a challenge though yesterday because of blowing snow and lots of slick roads. >> when you live in fargo you're a master of driving in those conditions. here is a look at your wednesday weather. up to 1 foot of snow in the northern rockies. rain from northern california to seattle. lake-effect snow from upper michigan to pennsylvania. windy with heavy downpours from new england to washington, d.c. showers in south florida. >> meanwhile, 82 in miami. 56 in new orleans. 57 in bean town. 30s from kansas city to detroit. 14 in fargo, good luck. billings 40. portland 46. sacramento 56.
a rare copy of the national anthem is about to hit the auction block. >> the first edition lyrics and music from "the stan-spangled banner" is expected to fetch $300,000 at christie's in new york this week. the document was engraved and printed by a music publisher in baltimore. >> this is the only one of the remaining 11 first edition copies that's not at a university or museum. one interesting fact, this copy actually has a misspelling. the word "patriotic" is incorrectly spelled. >> sing a little bit of it? >> no. >> we'll be right back. hó
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>> wrong, wrong, wrong. in fact, the american academy of matrimonial lawyers says a shockingly high number of divorces stem from social networking flirts. juju chang has more. >> reporter: they say it begins with innocent curiosity. >> i probably looked up at least one of my exes at least once a month. >> reporter: checking facebook status or a simple poke. >> a lot of people that broke up because of facebook. >> reporter: in fact, a recent survey showed 20% of divorces now involve facebook. and 80% of divorce lawyers reported a spike in the number of cases that use social media for evidence. tales of facebook heartbreak are popping up across the web. it's so common there's a website dedicated to facebook cheating. the founder says he started the site after his now ex-wife had an affair with an old flame she reignited on facebook. on a marriage support group a man wrote, facebook ruined my marriage of almost 20 years. my wife reconnected with old boyfriends and even started innocently flirting with a
stranger. even celebrities are not immune. eva longoria says her husband strayed with a woman he kept in touch with on facebook early in their marriage. terry real, a marriage counselor, believes facebook can provide a sort of fantasy that can lead to an affair. >> there's nothing more seductive than going back to the one that got away. fantasying if is a lot harder to compete with than somebody who's up to their eyes in bills and diapers. >> you found old flames? >> i don't know. >> there's a look of shock on your wife's face. >> i'm waiting for truth to come out. because i can discern when it's truth and when it's not. >> not really. i mean, i -- i never connected with anyone on facebook for any reason other than that. >> oh, oh -- >> are you blushing now? >> i always blush. >> reporter: reverend cedric miller of new jersey made headlines when he called facebook a portal to infidelity. told his parishioners to delete their accounts.
after 20 couples confess confessed that facebook led them astray. >> a connection is made and it starts out really blue tonic. hi, how are you, how are you doing? sooner or later the other spouse finds out and it ends up in my office. >> reporter: of course the pastor himself took a leave of absence because of his own nonfacebook sex was that transgressions. have you ever looked up old flames on facebook? >> no, they've looked me up. >> how many girlfriends have looked you up? >> two or three. >> really? are you married? >> yes. >> so does your wife know that all these girlfriends are -- >> yes. she has my passion word and she sees it all. >> reporter: therapists say even full disclosure may not be enough. >> the only way to really make your relationship affair-proof is to make your relationship strong. >> we were talking on the commercial, you have no interest in exes. i do it all the time. >> no, not interested. >> really? >> i got the one i was meant to be with. >> aw, great answer. >> good answer. >> that's very nice. >> i'll tell you the truth during the break.
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dancing has left side been a popular form of expression. for every waltz there's hundreds of dance routines that never catch on. >> now thanks to the internet some unlikely dances are going viral and that means global. here is brian rooney with a story of turf dancing. >> reporter: it starts with a couple of guys hanging on an oakland street corner in the rain. one of them has his face covered with a bandana. a cop car passes. they can't be up to anything good. and then this. ♪ >> the video of the rain dance was posted on youtube and became one of those sensations. now pushing toward 2 million
views. ♪ >> reporter: there's a story behind this clip titled r.i.p. rich d. the dancer's brother was killed in a car accident on this same oakland street corner the night before. he called together some of his friends from a group called the turf bean. ♪ >> we all had -- just came to the corner and was like, you know, let's give all that we got for my brother. really just dance, show your brother respect, show him that you love him. >> reporter: what they did for his brother didn't come out of nowhere. it's called turf dancing and it came right out of this neighborhood. ♪ >> reporter: turf dancing is their art.
their expression of life in a troubled city. the stage is the concrete landscape. and often the only music is the urban background of roaring engines and police sirens. ♪ >> reporter: it's an evolution of several styles of dancing. break-dancing, hip-hop. no choreography, just moves. the rain video made it an international sensation. how did this grow out of living in oakland? >> coming up to oakland, it was like -- it's really nothing for us kids out here to do. we don't really have no mall, we don't have no bowling alleys, like that, out here. there's nothing for to us do so we took it upon ourselves to make up something for us to do. so we wanted to dance so we took it to the parties and the functions and going out and dancing. >> reporter: it's kind of an
indefinable thing. ♪ >> reporter: dancers have styles as unique as their nicknames. e ninja. no noise. lil' looney. they do it in abandoned apartments. the kitchen. on the sidewalk. and in the middle of traffic. this video is a memorial for a friend. 18-year-old kenneth ross, who was shot and killed a year ago in a confrontation with the oakland police. ♪ >> yeah, like that! >> reporter: a few of their moves are perfected at the neighborhood community center, called youth uprising, where some of the things they do on polished wood defy the laws of physics.
turf dancing has yet to be packaged and commercialized. that may happen. but it wasn't created to make money. just to have something to do in a city with little else. when the turf beans made their video in the rain it was to mourn a brother. but also to show that oakland can do better. that they can do better. ♪ >> reporter: this is brian rooney for "nightline" in oakland, california. >> the term "turf" from turf dancing originates from the acronym taking up room on the dance floor. as choreograph as that looked they say it's improvisation. they get out there and feel a beat, feel a rhythm. a lot of it is about creating an optical illusion. you can kind of see they are taking shapes that do have that -- >> absolutely. some of it reminds me of that michael jackson move you see,
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new direction. searching for political common ground at the white house. and how to extend unemployment benefits. >> it means i can keep a roof over our head. >> the important decisions ahead. campus mystery. questions about an armed classmate after a school standoff's fatal end. and, gadget gifts. tech toys for anyone on your shopping list. it's wednesday, december 1st. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> pedestri
teddy bears and dolls and blocks no longer enough? >> crazy to see so many said i don't games, you don't have to hold a remote. holding the remote was too much work, they've eliminated that too. >> that's like waving that thing. >> i don't look graceful at all. make sure you stick around for that. >> good morning, everybody, i'm rob nelson. >> i'm vinita nair. senate republicans are vowing this morning to block any democratic legislation other than cults to taxes and government spending. >> that of course flies in the faces though of the president and of top republican leaders. who met at the white house tuesday and walked away promising to compromise. with more on that from the white house now, we're joined by john hendren. good morning, john. >> reporter: good morning, rob and vinita. that white house summit was postponed, downgraded from dinner to pre-lunch chat. in the end there were points of agreement. the president, democratic and republican leaders agreed the white house summit was the beginning of something new. >> today we had the beginning of a new dialogue. >> a very frank conversation. >> a useful and frank discussion. >> i thought it was a productive meeting. >> very, very productive. >> reporter: it would be difficult --
>> none of this is going to be easy. >> there's a reason we have democrats and republicans. >> we have two parties for a reason. there are real philosophical differences. >> reporter: but the key, they all agreed, is cooperation. >> the more time that we do spend together, we can find a common ground. >> everybody understands that the american people want us to focus on their jobs. not ours. >> we all agree there's no particular reason why we can't find areas of agreement. >> we can work together. >> reporter: cooperation better come quickly. as they met long-term unemployment benefits were expiring for many americans. friday funding for the federal government runs out. the bush tax cuts vanish as the clock strikes midnight and 2010 becomes 2011. one senate democrat was skeptical. an open microphone caught colorado's michael bennet calling the system broken. >> it's all rigged. the whole conversation's rigged. the fact that we don't get a discussion before the break about what we're going to do in the lame duck is just rigged.
this stuff's rigged. >> reporter: the two sides said there could be progress coming on the bush tax cuts. democrats want to extend them for the middle class, republicans want to extend them for everyone. president obama appointed treasury secretary tim geithner to break the log jam by the end of this year. a drastic plan to cut the huge federal deficit is being unveiled today. among the politically explosive proposals, raising the social security retirement age, doubling the federal tax on a gallon of gas, and cutting a huge assortment of tax breaks. the entire commission must approve the plan before it can move forward. 2 million out of work people are facing an even grimmer new year. the long-term unemployment benefits will expire this month because congress failed to agree to extend them. sharyn alfonsi now reports social service agencies may not be able to help them much either. >> reporter: ellen andrews lost her job last year. she's been supporting herself and her 1-year-old son henry with her unemployment benefits. >> it meansn day keep a roof
over our head. it means that, you know, even though it's a struggle to buy food and everything, it means that i'm keeping the lights on and i'm keeping food in the house. just, you know -- sometimes just barely, but i'm able to do that. >> reporter: but now andrews and millions of others may be cut off. with congress allowing emergency unemployment benefits to expire. some lawmakers have argued we simply can't afford it. the extension bill would cost the country another $12 billion, a huge expense for a government already in debt. without an extension, the labor department estimates 635,000 people could lose all benefits by december 11th. more than 1.5 million by christmas. nearly 2 million by the first of the year. rising to more than 3 million by the end of january. and the ripple effect, some say, will be devastating. >> people who are unemployed and
receive benefits spend that money in their communities immediately. they buy groceries. they put gas in their car. they fill prescriptions. >> reporter: social services are bracing. in iowa, they're stocking the shelves at local food banks. in one shelter in atlanta, they've added 100 additional beds. but already, every one is occupied. and it is tough out there. for every five unemployed people, there's just one job. now, there is still a chance that lawmakers could come to some sort of agreement. but that could take weeks. sharyn alfonsi, abc news, new york. li wikileaks founder julian assange is now a wanted man. in connection with a rape investigation in sweden. that could make it hard for the elusive assange to travel. meanwhile u.s. officials are discussing whether they can charge him with espionage or possession of government property for publishing thousands of those classified documents. new details are emerging about that classroom hostage
ordeal in wisconsin as the teacher praised for keeping her cool and saving her class prepares to release a statement later today. everyone walked away unharmed, except the 15-year-old gunman, who tied after turning the gun on himself. wisn's colleen henry reports now from marinette, wisconsin. >> i never would have thought that he would do something like that. he might have maybe wrote a book or something. but i don't know. >> reporter: kelsey rode the bus to school with sam monday morning. she's known him since preschool. their families live two doors apart. the hengels blocked their driveway with a no trespassing sign. "unfortunately, we may never know the answer to the question why. because there were no indicators to make us think something was wrong. even though we are devastated and heartbroken over the loss of our son, we are extremely thankful there were no other injuries in this incident." as investigators work to unravel a motive, the kids who were in
the classroom with sam work through. >> i'm sure he snapped but everyone wants to snap. he didn't hurt anybody. he was all crazy. i don't know, he wanted attention, wanted to talk, something. we're lucky just wanted to talk. >> reporter: she says sam was a quiet kid who must have kept his torment to himself. >> i can't even imagine why he would have done something like this. the heartache that that poor boy must have been going through, alone, without anybody realizing that something was this wrong with him, that he had to cry out this way. i can't even imagine. what he was -- what he was feeling, alone. >> reporter: the district attorney says the investigation into what triggered monday's incident could take well over a month. students return to class here on wednesday morning. abc news in marinette, wisconsin. now a follow-up to the story we brought you yesterday. abc news investigated those new
federal regulations requiring local governments to change the lettering on all their street signs. we told you how the new rules were partly in response to a study that found signs needed to be bigger. a study paid for by the company that makes the signs. secretary of transportation ray lahood has issued a statement saying the ruling makes no sense and called for a public hearing on safety and signs. >> interesting. well, with that here's a look at your wednesday weather. heavy rain and gusty winds from boston to d.c. lake-effect snow from northern michigan to cleveland and erie, pennsylvania. up to 1 foot of mountain snow in the northern rockies and cascades. rain from northern california to seattle. >> 56 in sacramento. 46 in portland. 41 degrees in boise. a crisp 14 in fargo. 24 in the twin cities. 36 in detroit. mostly 50s in the northeast. and 56 in new orleans. this is your favorite story of the morning here. one of the great holiday spectacles took place in new
york city last night, the lighting of the christmas tree over at rockefeller center. >> doesn't it make you smile? it brings a smile to my face. cheryl croix and boys 2 men were among the performers. a 70-foot-tall spruce from onisland decorated with 30,000 environmentally friendly l.e.d. lights and topped with a swar revolver ski crystal star. >> security was tight last night. that followed last week easily terror threat at a tree lighting out in oregon. everything went safely last night, that's good. >> such a beautiful tree. firefighter who was at 9/11 was the guy whose tree was collected. i want to say this guy is from new york. >> and as they knocked on his door the folks said from rockefeller on 9/11, good for him. >> as we continue through the holiday season we'd love you to send photos of the holidays. next to your tree, hometown decorations. we love to see how you celebrate the holidays as well.
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if you watch the show regularly you know we're often talking about jobs being lost. it's a nice pleasure when we get to tell you about jobs being found. >> when we say found, we mean it. this group of unemployed americans set off on a cross-country trek in search of work and they haven't stopped yet. here now is steve osunsami. >> reporter: they don't like being called migrants or gypsies. they say they're families who are always on the move. circling the country following jobs. >> i love it. >> we love it. >> reporter: their rv is their only home. some 400 square feet of moving opportunity. >> there's jobs everywhere for people that live in rvs and are willing to move around. >> reporter: a good number of those available jobs are in kentucky where this large processing plant for amazon.com is still hiring seasonal workers and placing help wanted ads on camping websites.
more than 500 of these families have settled here for a bit, making nearly $15 an hour. >> it's kind of rough to begin with. but you work yourself into it. >> reporter: jimmy souter, former trucker, and his wife shiela are from indianapolis and have been traveling for three years. the company built their cold-weather campgrounds, pays their rent and all utilities. this is a good deal. >> yeah, it's a fantastic deal. >> reporter: heather wickline and her family are from tampa where her husband lost his job in december. they're now on the road and today he's at work. the kids are happy and there's a job waiting when this one ends. >> we just got a job offer from louisville. we're hope iing it's south. texas or florida. >> reporter: in no way is this easy. families tell us that you have to be able to live with a certain amount of uncertainty and leave friendships and people behind. the souters were working in new mexico until september. in kentucky to january. will send the holidays in
indianapolis and boston. start seasonal work in maine come april. >> it's good to know there's jobs out there. also too we don't want everybody to know it because then all the generals will be taken. >> you always are looking for a job. you're looking for your next job. >> reporter: they are families with true grit and are determined to follow the work. steve osunsami, abc news, campbellsville, kentucky. >> when the program goes well they can bring in 1,200 to 1,600 more campers for 2011. >> that's a wonderful idea and a great way to see the country. >> absolutely. more after this.
with the holidays just around the corner it is time to start thinking about what gift to get your friends and your family, and if they are tech lovers you're going to want to stick around. andrea smith, our favorite tech contributor action is here. they're all about music and they're about government. >> they are. they're going to get you off the
couch. these new sony move controllers are going to get you going. they're the controllers that are designed to work with these sony i h i- camera right here. you work with these controllers. a lot of the new games. and basically, this is what makes that pinpoint precision accuracy. so you just kind of point it at the screen and the controls are right here. >> and you tell me you did an archery game with this and you were surprised how exact you have to be when it comes to pointing it at the camera. >> i did, and you have to hold it so steady. you really get into the game because you're moving around, you're active, your kids are going to be active, they're going to be off the couch. there's some games that really let you interact with the features in the game. >> if these controllers are too cumbersome for you, an x-box has even made the easier. we've heard about this technology for a while. no remote, nothing in the hand? >> absolutely not.
you are the game controller. this is the connect. we've been hearing about it for a long time. it's finally here. and you are the controller. basically, when you're playing a game and the character in the game has to jump, you jump. when the character has to slide, you slide. you get quite a workout from those. >> it comes with one game but you tested one out. what's the one it comes with? >> it comes with this game, an adventure game, and it's wonderful because it's got just every kind of action in it. and you're really just moving all around. but i have to tell you that i played this yoga game and i think this is why this is going to be great for women too, for moms. not just your average gamer. and this is a fitness game. and what was wonderful about this is it reads every part of your body, it takes all your measurements, and it can tell whether you're standing properly. so when i wasn't in the right warrior pose, it showed me that i needed to adjust my body. >> anyone who's done yoga knows that's the quintessential part
of it too. you have to get your downward dog just in the right position. that's awesome. >> this knows you. it will know who you are when you come back to it, it recognizes your face, it will come to recognize your voice as well. >> let's go back to something that has a controller, rock band 3. people loved rock band 1, it seems natural they'd do an update. >> absolutely, and beatles rock band was great. now they have rock band 3, it's out for all the platforms. wonderful about this, new music. billy joel, john lennon. it has a promo in here. a lot of the people said, this is good, you're just playing but you're not really learning anything. you're still not going to learn how to play perfectly but they have this [ pro mode that has videos, how to read music, how to read chords better. >> speaking of music i feel like if you are a parent this is the perfect gift to annoy the heck out of you but your kids will have so much fun. >> this is something called paper jamz. it's thin, thin, thin.
it has this active graphic technology. and so all the circuitry is in here. and i'm going to turn this on. >> like you can see, it's connected to a paper amp which i love also. >> this is the amplifier. upside down. >> sorry, there we go. >> what you can do here is you can just play, you can do freestyle mode, you can play along with it. and do all kinds of things. you've got karaoke mode, or you can play music to accompany it. each of them come with three songs. the amp is separate. it also has a guitar. >> which i love the guitar. you know i'm going to try to rock out on this. these are always some awesome gifts. i say that as we go to break, we really show people ow it's done. are you ready? >> i've got my cymbals going. >> i'm the worst guitar player ever. i need the rock band 3 tutorial. andrea smith, thank you so much for joining us. we're going to go to break and continue did jam out.
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look at that. >> 18 for you and i. >> that's right. finally this half hour, if you're like us, every year after the oscars you think, i hope, i pray next year's show as little shorter. >> the show isn't getting shorter but its hosts are getting younger. the academy hopes the audience will too. diana alvear has more from hollywood. >> reporter: vinita and rob, good morning. every year there's that movie that wins an award and you're like, wow, where did that come from? this choice for hosts is kind of like that situation.
of course, james franco and anne hathaway are well-known and well-respected actors but really, who saw that coming? whoopi. hugh. steve and alex. and now james and anne? the academy's going in a different direction this season, handing over hosting duties to a pair of hot and much younger celebrities. actors james franco and anne hathaway. >> i can admit that i'm terrified. and exhilarated and excited. >> really, the oscars are looking to go younger. they're trying to get the audience of james franco and anne hathaway and all those fans. >> reporter: at 28 and 32, both are already established actors. and veterans at hosting "saturday night live." at the 2009 awards, hathaway gave oscar watchers a preview of how she may perform on the broadcast. ♪ >> anne hathaway is a singer, she's a performer, she's a dancer. this is right up her alley,
actually. james franco is always doing unpredictable stuff. >> reporter: stuff like posing in drag for the cover of a magazine. at the recent gotham awards, oscar's choice of frankaway is well-received. >> i think they're both super-talented and great. >> it's an interesting choice. i think it's always fun to mix it up. >> reporter: now it's just a matter of winning over the audience. >> i think that they'll do well, they'll get points if they don't do well, they still get points just for having the courage to do it. >> ironically enough, the two of them are already generating oscar buzz of their own. franco for his role as a hiker faces an unimaginable choice in the movie "127 hours." hathaway as jake gyllenhaal's love interest in the movie "love and other drugs." >> of course you have to wait until oscar night to get a taste of the awards. we have a little awards ceremony of our own this morning. the category here is best overnight female news anchor on abc. the envelope, please, stage
classroom hero. the teacher praised for her poise during a school standoff, and how she kept her cool. difficult diplomacy. the secretary of state's big challenges after sensitive government documents were made public. and, instant star. how a twitter mixup turned a young suburban woman into an international sensation. >> oh my gosh, i don't think anything could ever top this. >> it's wednesday, december 1st. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> if you learn anything from that story it's to pick your twitter name wisely because you can get free stuff out of it. >> i felt bad for her, the media
camped out in front of her house. she's an unsuspecting teenage girl, now all of a sudden the world is watching her. twitter's a wild thing. >> glad i don't know anything about it. good morning and thanks for being with us. i'm vinita nair. >> i'm rob nelson. the wisconsin teacher being hailed now as a hero for keeping her class safe during that harrowing hostage ordeal is releasing a statement later this morning. >> all of her students survived except for the shooter who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. chris bury has more now from marinette, wisconsin. >> reporter: this blue-collar, ship-building town struggled to understand. knowing if not for the efforts a brave teacher things could have been so much worse. >> she saved the lives of many students by her calm demeanor. >> the kids were great. i'm glad they made it safe. >> reporter: valerie burd, a ten-year veteran, kept her cool when 15-year-old sam hengel, one of her students, left western civilization class only to return with a .22 caliber
semi-automatic and a. 9 millimeter pistol. he started firing shots inside her room. >> i made her aware of how proud i was with her, her leadership in that classroom was the calming attitude that the students needed to get them out of there safely. >> reporter: she sent arriving students to the shelter of the library. >> i was scared the first two hours. my legs were shaking. >> reporter: taking the cue from their teacher, the students engaged hengel in hours of small talk about the hunting and fishing he loved. >> overall, everyone was -- remained calm and just kept talking to him. >> reporter: nearly seven hours into the ordeal, police heard shots, knocked down the door, and saw hengel fatally wound himself. just last year, school officials and police had practiced a simulated shooting. one reason perhaps the casualty count was not higher. no one had a clear motive for hengel's hostage-taking. >> he was mentioning how he
couldn't afford a couple of things. just stuff like that. how he didn't get anything for hunting and his fish that he caught were small. just clues that could be why. >> reporter: his family asked for privacy. whatever sam's troubles, valerie burd kept him from harming others. so this small town, grieving a tragic loss, is also giving thanks. chris bury, abc news, marinette, wisconsin. and there is grim news in the search for three missing michigan boys. the children's father, john skelton, has been charged with kidnapping and police say it's unlikely the boys will be found alive. andrew, alexander, and tanner skelton were last seen thanksgiving day. police and volunteers continue to search northwest ohio for evidence in the case. in corvallis, oregon, jews and christians are expressing solidarity with their muslim neighbors. they all joined together at a candlelight vigil outside a mosque that was targeted by that arsonist. investigators say the fire may have been set in retaliation for the attempted bombing of a christmas tree lighting in portland last week.
the suspect in that case sometimes worshipped at the burns mosque. republican senators say they will block all democratic legislation that is not related to either tax cuts or government spending during this lame duck session of congress. >> the gop strategy was revealed just hours after president obama and the gop leadership met at the white house and vowed to cooperate. with more on the meeting, john hendren joins us from washington. john? >> reporter: good morning, vinita, rob. president obama and republicans came out talking cooperation. but that cooperation had better come soon. the president, democratic, and republican leaders agreed the white house summit was the beginning of something new. >> today we had the beginning of a new dialogue. >> a very frank conversation. >> a useful and frank discussion. >> i thought it was a productive meeting. >> very, very productive. >> reporter: last night, emergency unemployment insurance expired. on friday, funding for the federal government runs out and the bush tax cuts vanish as the clock strikes midnight and 2010
becomes 2011. both sides agreed the meeting was frank and productive. >> the more time that we do spend together, we can find a common ground. >> everybody understands that the american people want us to focus on their jobs. not ours. >> we all agreed there's no particular reason why we can't find areas of agreement. >> we can work together. >> reporter: the president and newly empowered republican leaders came with clashing agendas, however. >> none of this is going to be easy. >> there's a reason why we have democrats and republicans. >> we have two parties for a reason. there are real philosophical differences. >> reporter: the president's top goals are extending the bush tax cuts for the middle class and ratifying the s.t.a.r.t. arms treaty with russia. republicans' top goals are extending the bush tas cuts for everyone, including the wealthy, and spending cuts. both sides said they were optimistic about extending tax cuts before the end of the year. in order to do that, president obama appointed treasury secretary tim geithner to go to capitol hill and break the log jam. vinita and rob?
we'll learn more today about drastic measures being proposed to cut the massive federal deficit. among those proposals, raising the social security retirement age, doubling the federal tax on a gallon of gas, and getting rid of a huge assortment of tax breaks. the co-chairs of the debt commission acknowledge that getting every item approved will be an uphill battle but they say the new plan is a good start. today is world aids day. the white house is marking the day with a giant red ribbon. president obama will host an event there this afternoon. while outside activists are planning a funeral for the more than 2 million people who have died of the disease during the past year. the pentagon has released its long-awaited study on don't ask, don't tell, the policy that bars gays and lesbians from serving openly. it concludes that the policy can be dropped but congress needs to act first. >> karen traverse joints us now with details. good morning, karen. >> reporter: good morning, rob and vinita. the results are in for the pentagon's highly anticipated survey on gays in the military. something that was considered so
controversial may not really be after all. don't ask, don't tell -- don't care? the pentagon announced allowing gay and lesbians to openly serve in the military would not pose a serious risk to military readiness. >> though potentially disruptive in the short-term would not be the wrenching, traumatic change many have feared and predicted. >> reporter: that conclusion is based on results of a survey of over 100,000 active duty and reservists and 44,000 military members. controversial 17-year-old law. the majority of those service members said repealing don't ask, don't tell would have mixed, positive or no effect on their ability to conduct their missions. opposition was stronger among combat troops. 43% of those surveyed from the marine corps and 48% from army combat units say repealing the law would have a negative effect on their work. gates says that has raised concerns among the military's leadership. he repeatedly stressed the need for adequate time and preparation.
>> if we are to avoid a disruptive and potentially dangerous impact on the performance of those serving at the tip of the spear in america's wars. >> reporter: the senate will hold hearings on the issue this week and majority leader harry reid has promised a vote by the end of the year. republicans, led by john mccain, are opposed to a repeal. >> to somehow allege that this policy has been damaging the military is simply false. >> reporter: secretary gates said it was urgent for the senate to act before a court imposes change. there may be debate in washington but the most recent abc news/"washington post" poll found more than 75% of americans believe gays should be allowed to serve openly in the military. rob and vinita? >> karen traverse, thank you. now to a harrowing rescue in china. a 3-year-old boy was playing hide-and-seek with his mom when he got stuck in the drum of their washing machine. his frantic mother called firefighters who first pulled out the drum and then pulled out the buzz saw. they worked at it for more than an hour.
luckily, that little boy escaped without a scratch. as you can see it's made china central television, they broadcast the entire rescue. >> a very smart hiding place. besides getting stuck. >> he is lucky. here's a look now at your weather around the country. wet and windy in the northeast. lake-effect snow from michigan's upper peninsula to western pennsylvania. heavy snow across the northern rockies. rain in northern california. showers in the pacific northwest. >> 40s from seattle to salt lake city. nearly 70 in phoenix. mostly 30s from kansas city to detroit. a soggy 56 here in new york. 44 in atlanta. a warm 82 degrees in miami. another amazing money story here. an anonymous bidder has just paid a record price for a bracelet that once belonged to a legendary royal couple. the panther bracelet belonged to wallis simpson, the american divorcee, whose love affair with king edward viii led him to give up the british throne. >> wow, look at that. made by cartier in 1952, it's
it's been dominating the news this week, that recent wikileaks fiasco. some of it is very serious with the potential here to put lives in danger. >> but some of it's kind of funny and the only thing in danger is the super egos of a few world leaders. as john donvan reports, it is now hillary clinton's job to massage those bruised egos. >> reporter: to speak diplomatically usually means that you do not say what you're thinking. as in secretary of state hillary clinton arriving in kazakhstan --
>> nice to see you! you're so cold! >> reporter: she did not say, you know, i'd rather be home right now. she did not say, when asked by kazak women about the damage caused by the great leak of 2010 -- >> we consider it regrettable that information that was meant to be confidential has been made public. >> reporter: she did not say that it's just plain embarrassing, that now many of the leaders that she has to meet and greet and schmooze and cajole and flatter and lecture and persuade and reassure -- and this is just a sampling of the past six months -- that many of them now know what was said about them in those cables. you do not want to imagine the awkwardness. actually, let's imagine it. it's dinner with secretary clinton as hostess and a table full of guests whose name cards include, in metaphorical invisible ink, comments made about them by invisible u.s. diplomats.
so open some wine for nicolas sarkozy. president of france, yes. also, according to a cable from the paris embassy, thin-skinned and authoritarian. you probably want to avoid sitting next to germany's angela merkel, given that she is rarely creative. israel's netanyahu might be better company because he's elegant and charming but unfortunately not trustworthy. let's hope they're serving meat because putin's here too and he is russia's alpha dog. afghanistan's hamid karzai may not want to touch the food at all if it's true that he is driven by paranoia. just as well north korea's kim jong-il will never be invited to eat anything at this table, for he is a flabby old chap. as for libya's moammar gadhafi, maybe he gets a table all to himself as he is said to be just strange. it's fantasy, but what is not is the job mrs. clinton now has in front of her, one at a time, to smooth a lot of ruffled feelings, beginning in kazakhstan, the nation whose defense minister enjoys, one
cable said, drinking himself into a stupor. oh, dear. what's a diplomat to do? just like a dinner hostess, smile and say nice things. >> you have to get along with people. you have to listen to them, even if you disagree with them. >> reporter: whenever you're in earshot. even, apparently, when you're not. i'm john donvan in washington. >> that's why i just talk behind people's backs, i don't write it down. >> it's much easier. >> easier, yeah. >> she has a tough job. to sell america. sounds like someone opened up america's diary and started reading. kind of embarrassing. coming up, susan boyle singing challenges on "the view." from the basketball court to divorce court. tony parker's new legal drama. all that coming up in "the skinny."
susan boyle singing "o holy night." ♪ oh hear the angels' voices ♪ on -- >> yes. >> poor thing. >> she didn't realize they were live so you hear her, she turns to sherri shepherd and whoopi who are standing next to her and says, can we do that again? she had a little frog in her throat. of course the two of them were very gracious, and said, what we heard of it was beautiful. in essence, the audience never got to see the full thing until they ended up retaping the entire thing for the west coast. some people said she turned "o holy night" into a holy terror. i think it's proof of how real she is, she didn't realize it was live, she said can we start again? there's something very classy about her, to me. i love her. >> a good frog machine and everything. that's okay.
i'm sure susan will bounce back. i'm kidding, susan. all right. >> yeah, bah humbug. >> i'm sorry. we talked last week about tony and eva longoria getting divorced. and all this. interesting tidbit has come out. now tony is losing his divorce lawyer in the case. get this. of course tony is allegedly -- the reason for the divorce, allegedly was sexting with the wife of a former teammate of his named brent barry. well, now tony's lawyer has basically let tony go as a client because he didn't realize at the time he took the case he's actually representing the man who's married to the woman tony was allegedly sexting with. he has a conflict in the case and had to say, i'm out of here. had to pick one client over the other. the one who got cut was tony parker. the former teammate, brent barry, he's in the middle of a divorce too. he and his wife are splitting up. the woman who allegedly was texting with tony and all of this. interesting development. oh, wait a minute, i can't rep you because i'm representing the guy whose wife you were
allegedly messing with in some way, shape or form. so just a mess there. >> drama. >> drama in that marriage. we'll see where it goes. >> johnny depp has an interview with "vanity fair," with patty smith. it's a really interesting interview. he says a lot of things. one thing that people are really talking about is that he basically says, every big-screen alter ego that he has played, from edward scissorhands to mad hatter and captain jack sparrow, none of them are straight. that's what he says. according to him, that's how he plays them. >> i knew that. >> our stage manager apparently knew that. like i said, it's a frank interview. he also says that acting was an odd deviation from his original plan. he said in his late teens he actually wanted to be a musician. he says he's played every character under the sun but there's one he would still love to inhabit, and that is hamlet. we could see him somewhere down the road doing hamlet. he also talked about one other thing and that was angelina jolie, they're doing that new movie "tourist." he said, i was pleased to find she's incredibly normal and has a wonderfully dark, kind of perverse sense of humor. sharing a lot. >> julia roberts.
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a worldwide sensation. >> what she thought was an original screen name was anything but. now it's landed her a trip to australia. kimberly bookman from our affiliate boston wcvb has the story. >> reporter: meet the newest international superstar, westfield's ashley kerekes, otherwise known as the ashes on twitter. it's that user name, a nickname her boyfriend calls her, that's making her famous. >> i had the twitter name the ashes. little did i know that's a cricket tournament and it's a big deal. >> reporter: she found out fast when fans of the sport mistakenly thought her account was the official one for the cricket match between australia and england. >> people are sending me all these notifications. i was getting them in the middle of the night. i got a little annoyed. >> reporter: so the 22-year-old tweeted back. >> i sent a message saying, i am not a freaking cricket match. then i shut off the notification on my phone and forgot about it for a few days. >> reporter: during that time the fans of cricket turned into
real ones for ashley and got others to check her out too. her twitter account went from 300 followers to 3,000, now nearing 10,000. media worldwide are interested in ashley's story. she's already talked to the bbc, cnn, and networks out of australia. satellite trucks are parking in her driveway. camera crews are taking over her living room. all as her non-twittering grandparents look on. >> she's my first grandchild. she's always been my star. >> reporter: now she's a wanted woman. a campaign is under way to get the ashes to the ashes. australian airlines qantas is offering to fly her there for her first-ever cricket match. >> oh my gosh, i don't think anything could ever top this. >> reporter: whoever asks, what's in a name? they've got to meet this gal. in westfield, kimberly bookman. >> of course, with accidental fame comes money. the boyfriend started selling t-shirts that have the slogan, i am not a freaking cricket match. and they're selling t-shirts. >> she added fuel to the fire. if anyone's ever heard of cricket or played cricket, it's super confusing. at one point she tweeted, how do you play this game?